Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS is a specialist community NHS service that provides
support to children and young people (and their families) who have
moderate to severe emotional and mental health problems.
About the service
Services for children and young people’s emotional and mental
health are often described using a tiered model to reflect an
increasing level of need.
- Tier 1 refers to universal services provided by, for example,
teachers, youth workers, school nurses.
- Specialist CAMHS in Worcestershire operates at Tiers 2 and Tier
- Tier 4 CAMHS is highly specialist hospital-based mental health
care which is commissioned by NHS England and usually provided on
an inpatient basis. There is no local inpatient provision,
but a range of providers outside Worcestershire can accommodate
Worcestershire children who require inpatient treatment.
The CAMHS team is made up of different professionals including
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Child
and Adolescent Psychotherapists, Community Mental Health Nurses,
Family Therapists and Therapeutic Social Workers.
Who is CAMHS for?
CAMHS is for children and young people up to the age of 17 ½ who
are experiencing difficulties such as the following:
- Emotional difficulties including Anxiety based
- Obsessive compulsive difficulties
- Eating disorders
- Deliberate self-harm
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Behavioural concerns where there is an underlying
emotional/mental health difficulty
- Psychosis in under 16 year olds
What to do if you are worried about a child or young person's
If you are a parent or carer and are worried about a child or
young person, speak to a doctor, school nurse, teacher or school
counsellor in the first instance. They can then make a
referral to CAMHS if necessary.
If you are a child or young person, your parent or carer or an
adult you trust could help you with your problem, but if this is
not enough or isn't possible, have a chat to your doctor or someone
at school or college such as a teacher, your school nurse, your
college tutor, Time 4U staff or the school or college
counsellor. If this is still not enough and you, or
they, think you need more specialist help, then they can make a
referral to CAMHS.
If you are a professional you can contact the CAMHS single point
of access. You can get there by visiting the Umbrella
Pathway (Neuro-Developmental Assessment and
If you are concerned that a child or young person may be
affected by a neurodevelopmental problem such as ADHD, Tics or
Autism you can ask their GP, school nurse, health visitor,
specialist teacher or educational psychologist to consider a
referral to the
What can you expect from CAMHS?
Once a child or young person has been referred to CAMHS they
will be offered an initial appointment to enable CAMHS staff to
determine the level of support required. The first
appointment will last for up to an hour and a half. The aim is to
get to know the young person and their family and understand their
problems. They will then be offered the most appropriate
support or therapy.
Sometimes one appointment is sufficient to resolve difficulties;
however, people generally attend more than once. Depending on the
presenting problem various approaches may be offered including;
individual therapy for a child or young person, family therapy,
work with parents or carers, and sometimes medication. Where
appropriate CAMHS will signpost families to other agencies.
Self-help resources for young people and parents/carers are
available via the useful links page.
CAMHS use ‘experience of service’ tools to allow children, young
people and parents to express how they feel about the
service. Comments are analysed to look for opportunities for
service improvement across the CAMHS teams.
If you have any specific questions about CAMHS contact the
CAMHS SPA on 01905 681087 or email Angela Kirton, CAMHS
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This page was last reviewed 10 December 2013 at 11:16.
The page is next due for review 8 June 2015.